Kristi Toliver has won a lot throughout her playing career. In college, she won an NCAA championship, she's won two WNBA titles for two separate teams and numerous titles overseas.
But the proudest moment of her career was her most recent championship with the Washington Mystics in 2019.
"I don't know if it's the most fresh [sic], but I think I'm most proud of winning in D.C., because I made a choice to come there and try to help turn a program around," Toliver said in a Q&A on the NBA's Twitter account. "In three years we were able to do it. I couldn't have asked to do it with a better group of people. My teammates and coaching staff, they're the best."
Q: @KristiToliver #NBATogether you've had an incredible, almost unprecedented, career of setting records at every level of the game. what moment are you most proud of?— NBA (@NBA) April 11, 2020
A: 🔊 @KristiToliver pic.twitter.com/bqzAFwnxrT
Toliver came to the district in 2017, immediately after winning her first WNBA championship with the Los Angeles Sparks. After seven years in L.A., she came to the East Coast to play with Washington in a converging of talent after also acquiring Elena Delle Done. It was a return home for the point guard after playing collegiately with the Maryland Terrapins.
It only took two seasons for Toliver's championship pedigree to get the Mystics to the WNBA Finals for the first time. A year after the team constructed a 'Run it Back' slogan to get back to the Finals.
"We got close in Seattle my second year there. To really come back and determined to win and then doing it, that's pretty special. And it was a pretty special group of people," Toliver said.
For the second time in her career, Toliver left in free agency after winning a WNBA title. This offseason she went back to Los Angeles to reunite with the Sparks, instantly vaulting them into a threat to contend with the Mystics for next season.
L.A. may have gotten Toliver back, but at least Washington will have the best memories.
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